Glamour, elegance and historical significance are all on display at House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, an elaborate exhibition which is gracing the storied halls and gilded ballrooms of Chatsworth House, until October the 22nd, 2017. Curated by American Vogue magazine’s International Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles, under the creative direction and design by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, the exhibition was first conceived six years ago when Laura Cavendish, Countess of Burlington, was searching the house’s vast archives for a christening gown for her son, James. With the Duke and Duchess’ of Devonshire consent, she asked Mr. Bowles to take a look and they all agreed that the magnificence of the clothing and textiles in storage was too splendid to not be put on display. Rizzoli publishing house agreed too and has published a book by the same title documenting this collaboration which is available from the Stables and Orangery shops at Chatsworth.
Located in the heart of Britain‘s beautiful Derbyshire Peak District National Park, Chatsworth House – one of the ten Treasure Houses of England – harkens back to a time when grandeur was an everyday occurrence, when ladies and gents dressed in couture for supper and adorned themselves with diamonds and tiaras on the weekends. And it is this lifestyle that is presented through the fashion retrospective, revealing the clothes and accoutrements of some of the inimitable “characters” that has lived and graced Chatsworth House, such as Duchess Georgiana, Duchess Deborah (one of the famed Mitford sisters), Adele Astaire, Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy and Stella Tennant (Duchess Deborah’s granddaughter) among others.